Search Results: "David Self"


BOOK REVIEW

GRAY SKIES by David Self
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A succinct historical war novel that combines thorough research with a moving family tale."
Self's debut Civil War novel fictionalizes the true story of his ancestors and their place in United States history. Read full book review >

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SAINT PAUL by David Self
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"The most glaring omission is the lack of a chart of the Bible books that are attributed to Paul; only a vague reference indicates that Paul's letters are found in the New Testament. (Religion. 8-12)"
What we know of the complicated life of this early Christian missionary is related through several books in the New Testament. Read full book review >

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THE LION BOOK OF WISDOM STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by David Self
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"There are enough other, better-sourced and -contextualized picture books and anthologies that this can be given a pass. (Folklore. 7-10)"
First published in England, this collection of short tales and fables focuses on both people and animals acting morally and wisely. Read full book review >

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GREAT APES by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"HoooGraa! (First printing of 30,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Entering a Self fantasy (Grey Area, 1996, etc.) demands both a strong stomach and a readiness to experience narrative pyrotechnics, but in this second novel (after My Idea of Fun, 1994), in which an artist wakes up after a bender to discover that his entire world is now run by chimpanzees, these demands are amply rewarded. Read full book review >

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MY IDEA OF FUN by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

The first novel from Self (the novella, Cock and Bull, 1993), a British writer of considerable ingenuity and perversity. Read full book review >

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GREY AREA by Will Self
Released: March 1, 1996

"Evidence of a savage talent still exists in this mÇlange, but the mesmerizing quality of Self's earlier sordid, in-your-face images is too often absent—while what remains is pedestrian, if not downright dull. (Author tour)"
Self's celebrated perversity (My Idea of Fun, 1994, etc.) largely goes on holiday in this second collection (after The Quantity Theory of Insanity, 1995). Read full book review >

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A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >

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TOUGH, TOUGH TOYS FOR TOUGH, TOUGH BOYS by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Not an utter disappointment, but too close."
Slim pickings from London's wizard of the warped: seven stories (four published previously) and a novella that offer only an occasional glimmer of Self's former eerie greatness (Great Apes, 1997, etc.), as drug-dealing and hitchhiking scenarios offer little to transcend the purely conventional. Read full book review >

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UMBRELLA by Will Self
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this novel is uncompromising and relentless in the demands it makes upon the reader, yet there's a lyrical, rhapsodic element that continually pulls one into and through the narrative."
Brainy and outlandish, though still in the mainstream of modernist fiction, this book captures a number of eccentric voices and sends the reader running to the dictionary. Read full book review >

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THE UNDIVIDED SELF by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A powerful argument against selflessness, a treat for fans and a grand introduction for those new to the author's curious view of the universe."
A welcome showcase of short (or shortish) fiction by quirky comic master Self (Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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DORIAN by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Works of art may overcome the living here, but artifice and insufferable blather do the job on its reader."
Reduced to a shadow of his former self in imitating Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Self (How the Dead Live, 2000) vaults into life's viscera to lampoon England's upper crust while skipping across the art/drug/gay culture on both sides of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

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LIVER by Will Self
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Brilliant and blistering, when not overinfatuated with addiction or in undisciplined pursuit of flights of fancy—an intermittently dazzling collection from a restless talent."
Scabrous Self (The Butt, 2007, etc.) devotes four stories to the four lobes of the eponymous organ, which by turns decays, regenerates, is fattened and eaten live. Read full book review >